Bo Wegener is Maersk Line's new top dog in Singapore and thus spearheads the container carrier in one of the most complex regions on the global map. ShippingWatch sat down with the 42-year-old Dane who must now deliver results from the world's largest shipping hub.
Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia are looking to establish a protected corridor for commercial vessels through the waters off the coast of the southern Philippines plagued by frequent kidnappings and pirate attacks.
Anyone can sail from one port to another, so if Maersk Line wants to maintain its market share, the Danish juggernaut must compete on more than prices. Customer service must be paramount, the company’s Asia-Pacific CEO tells ShippingWatch.
The statement from the Norwegian Shipowners' Association condemning beaching in Asia will not be followed by the Danish shipowners. "The picture is more nuanced than just talking geography," Director Maria Bruun Skipper tells ShippingWatch.
2015 looks set to become a record year for hijackings in Southeast Asia. High demand for illicit oil and a well-established black market in the region will help drive this development, according to security agency.